Honolulu Star-Advertiser readers and staffers visited cities near and far this summer, and captured their dining adventures in photographs.
Team Crave is also offering $50 restaurant gift cards for the two best vacation food shots. Send a photo of a dish you enjoyed anywhere outside of Oahu. Include your name, details about the dish and where you ate it.
Meet us back here next week for more summer food pics, and we’re still accepting more, so keep ’em coming!
Email .jpg images to email@example.com or submit photos via Instagram using the hashtag #cravesummerpix. Deadline is Monday.
New York City
The original, still the best — pastrami on rye at Katz’s Deli. When I first had this sandwich over 40 years ago while in college, it was a revelation.
If there is a better sandwich on Earth, I’ve yet to try it.
Yes, “I’ll have what she’s having.”
— Alan Tanaka
OSTERIA DEI BARONCELLI
The shot was taken last month in Florence, of a plate of aged bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak).
It was the most perfect crust on a steak I have ever tasted.
— Emerick Orimoto
GELATO DI NATURA
Can you ever have too much gelato in Italy? This cone of pear and yogurt/strawberry artigianale (artisan) gelato, enjoyed alongside the famous Venetian canals, is one of the best we’ve ever had!
— Kim Wu
VOULA’S OFFSHORE CAFE
When we travel, Hubby and I like to try diners featured by the Food Network’s Guy Fieri. Voula’s is a place for great comfort food that leaves you satisfied. One of Guy’s choices is Smokey the Salmon. It consists of three eggs scrambled with smoked Alaskan King salmon, cream cheese and green onions, served with hash browns and toast. The gigantic meal is enough to feed two hungry people.
— Cindy Fukunaga
Before it drew all the rave reviews, national press and made so many best-of lists, I was drawn to Nyum Bai because it serves Cambodian food — which is hard to find in Hawaii — and by chef Nite Yun’s story.
She’s an immigrant aided by La Cocina, a San Francisco organization that helps women of color and immigrants in the food industry. This is her caramelized pork belly with rice and egg, and her fried chicken.
— Stan Lee, Star-Advertiser
Pork chops with onions and gravy. Also comes with sides not pictured: pickled ogo, corn, rice, potato mac salad.
Best pork chops I have ever had.
— David Pang
While my wife, Jenni, and I were on Maui, having lunch with our friend Shelley was a must. Shelley recommended Kula Bistro, which she had long wanted to try, and after a great first visit, I’m sure she’ll be back (as will we anytime we’re on the Valley Isle). The restaurant offers three cases of beautiful desserts. The headliners are the gelato bombs. We shared a Dream Bomb — deliciously rich peanut butter gelato, encased with caramel in a chocolate shell. The eatery offers a few different bombs each day, appealing to a variety of palates.